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PROPERTY FROM THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND

Henry Moore
POINTED TORSO
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 725,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND

Henry Moore
POINTED TORSO
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 725,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Henry Moore
1898 - 1986
POINTED TORSO
Signed Moore and numbered 2/12 on the base
Bronze
Height: 25 3/4 in.
65.5 cm
Conceived in 1969.
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Provenance

Knoedler & Co., New York

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Segal, New York (acquired from the above in 1970)

Promised and fractional gift from the above in honor of Agnes Gund in 2005 (completed in 2012)

Exhibited

New York, Knoedler Gallery & Marlborough Gallery, Henry Moore: Carvings 1916-1970. Bronzes 1961-1970, 1970, no. 38

Literature

Robert Melville, Henry Moore, Sculptures and Drawings 1921-1969, London, 1970, pp. 324 & 367, no. 746, illustration of another cast p. 325

Guilio Carlo Argan, Henry Moore, New York, 1971, no. 216, illustration of another cast

Alan Bowness, ed., Henry Moore, Complete Sculpture 1964-73, London, 1977, vol. 4, p. 56, no. 601, illustrations of other casts, p. 56 and pls. 128-129

David Mitchinson, ed., Henry Moore Sculpture, London, 1981, p. 214, no. 450, illustration of another cast

Catalogue Note

Pointed Torso dates from the height of Moore's career, when he had mastered the most technically complex expressions of this form.  Moore himself described the progression of his sculpture as "becoming less representational, less outwardly a visual copy, and so what some people would call more abstract; but only because in this way I can present the human psychological context of my work with the greatest clearness and intensity" (quoted in F. S. Wight, ed., "Henry Moore: The Reclining Figure," The Columbus Museum Exhibition Catalogue, 1984, p. 131).

According to the Henry Moore Foundation, Pointed Torso was cast in 1969 in a bronze numbered edition of 12, plus 1 artist's proof. 

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